Win 7 low memory problem when playing computer game?

I am a computer gamer and have played many games on my system and just recently I'm experiencing low memory issues with Win 7.  Never had this issue before.  I am playing Wolfenstein: The New Order and I hear a warning sound and Win 7 pulls up an error window (see attached image).  Win 7 mem error
I ignore this error, close the window and continue to play the game.  A short time later, the whole game crashes and I am blown out to the desktop where the game has an error window of what happened (see word doc attached). Ironically, I had just ordered more RAM to upgrade my system from 8GB to 16GB, bit this has never been a problem before. I hope the new RAM when it arrives will fix the problem, but are there any other things I can do or adjust to help this situation?

My Rig:
Win 7 Professional 64 bit
8GB of RAM
nVidia GTX 660 Ti (Latest drivers installed)
AMD Phenom II x4 955 processor
Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD Drive
Wolfenstein-TNO-Win-7-Mem-error-.docx
ArtG2521Asked:
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ArtG2521Author Commented:
In addition, I always close some programs that I know I can shutdown without affecting  anything.  But despite this I still have this issue.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
With the game closed, open Task Manager, look in the Performance tab and see how much memory is being used. Windows 7 with nothing much running should idle along at between 2 and 3 GB of memory used. Closer to 3 if Outlook and Internet Explorer are running. Closer to 2 if Outlook is closed and IE is closed.

What is your steady state? Write it down and keep Task Manager running. Open the game. Now how much memory is being used?
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rindiCommented:
Check if there are upgrades or bugfixes for your game.
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Phil DavidsonCommented:
Can you insert a modern 8 GB flash drive for ReadyBoost?  I would try that.  The bus speed of the RAM affects its performance (not just the size).  Can you increase the virtual memory available?  That way Windows writes to disk instead of just using RAM.  In memory constrained situations, this can help.  To increase virtual memory, try this: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/change-virtual-memory-size#1TC=windows-7
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Michael-BestCommented:
Other than stopping all unneeded programs while playing.
Control Panel > Personalization,  and pick a theme that doesn't use Aero, that will reduce your RAM usage a bit.
Increase Virtual memory to 4000mb
The memory upgrade to 16GB will solve it.
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Try Geforce 340.43 (unless you've already added this - it's the Beta from last week)
This sounds like a paging issue so even if you add more RAM you're just delaying the appearance of the problem and is likely to be because the Bethesda game updates and nVidia's are out of sequence.  The log file shows the OpenGL engine is unable to allocate memory for the display the VRAM in your GTX card is getting swamped and the memory allocation in the pagefile is acting as an overspill.

See if you get similar errors with the beta driver and if so attach a new error log.

If the driver isn't helping try altering the pagefil allocation as described in db's steam link  above but this shouldn't be looked on as a long term fix more like sticking plaster to hold things together while Bethesda heal the game!
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ArtG2521Author Commented:
Here is what I have done based on these answers:

Installed new GeForce driver 353.06
Mem usage is 3.47GB at rest with Firefox open and 5.42 with Wolfenstein running
Set paging file to:  Initial- 400mb and Max - 4000mb (Note: Win 7 recommends 12GB??)
Wolf is/was patched and up to date

A person on the Steam forum said this:

All, I finally solved my low memory crashing with Wolfenstein New order..I have i5 8 Gig ram, SLI GTX 560.....what finally solved is windows 7....BITS was turned off or messed up. Make sure your Background Intelligent System Service (BITS) is active and working. To get there Right click "Computer"...then "Manage"..under Services and Applications..."Services"...find Background Intelligent System Service and make sure it's Started. This will fix non-functioning gangets as well....there are several sites that you can Google to get BITS fixed as well.

I did not do this as yet because I have never heard of BITS before.  What do you all think about this?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
First, I normally run < 4GB of memory in any use except Virtual Machines. Firefox can be a memory hog, so know that.

But to use 5.5GB of a total of 8 Gb is not running your system low of memory.

So it would appear to be the game problem. BITS may be off sometimes but mostly should be running. I have not had a program crash because of BITS, but there is always a first time.

Right now BITS is running on my Windows 8.1 machine and also running on my Windows 7 machine. Both machines work properly and do not crash.
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ArtG2521Author Commented:
I am about a mid-level tech and I too have only had Win 7 crash maybe 2 or 3 times in 4 years.  BITS was NOT on so I turned it on.  It seems that all I have done including turning BITS on has worked.  I will give it a day or two to be sure and then award points.  

So why does Win 7 say my paging file should be 12GB instead of the 4GB I changed it to?
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Windows is set to suggest a filesize of 1.5x the available RAM - it's an old-fashioned rule of thumb which doesn't have anywhere near the relevance it had when we were putting sticks of RAM into PCs that were measured in MB.

A long and perhaps overly detailed explanation here
http://blogs.technet.com/b/markrussinovich/archive/2008/11/17/3155406.aspx

Have a look through the section on "How big should I make the Paging File?" which helps describe the black art of choosing the right upper limit :)

You're probably fixed for the short term, BITS will probably mess with you a little following each "Patch Tuesday" as it downloads in the background but you'll get a few more updates via Steam for World Order over the next few weeks.

State of the art gaming is unfortunately released to a marketing timetable and Wolfenstein wasn't fully baked at release which left the programmers playing catch-up, hence the big "Day Zero" update.  It's getting there though and with a decent graphics card you'll get to enjoy their efforts.
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ArtG2521Author Commented:
Amen about the gaming world.  Been doing computer games since the days of the Amiga computer.  I do really enjoy it and it is amazing how things have evolved.  I have upgraded my rig over the last four years, but I am overdue for a completely new rig, alas money is tight, so it will have to wait a bit longer.  Not worried as my present rig is good enough.

Thanks for everyone's efforts.
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